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Sports Gregor Chisholm: Rays wrap up wild-card spot on rough night for Blue Jays offence

08:40  28 september  2019
08:40  28 september  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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UP NEXT The Blue Jays will continue their four-game series against the Yankees on Saturday afternoon when right-hander Marcus Stroman takes the mound with first The Yankees will start left-hander Jordan Montgomery. Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011.

a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: Willy Adames and Tommy Pham combined to knock in three of the Rays’ six runs Friday, two on Pham’s homer in the third.© Fred Thornhill Willy Adames and Tommy Pham combined to knock in three of the Rays’ six runs Friday, two on Pham’s homer in the third. Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

The Rays are going back to the post-season for the first time in six years.

Tampa Bay clinched one of the two American League wild-card spots with a 6-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night at the Rogers Centre. The Rays also needed some help from the Nationals, who rallied late to secure an 8-2 win over Cleveland to eliminate the Indians from — post-season contention.

Gregor Chisholm: Blue Jays have the makings of an elite top-of-the-order lineup. The rest is off base

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By Gregor Chisholm . UP NEXT Right-hander Sean Reid-Foley (2-3, 5.54 ERA) will take the mound when the Blue Jays continue their four-game series against the Rays on Friday night at Rogers Centre, with first pitch scheduled for 7:07 p.m. ET.

BOSTON -- The Blue Jays are one win away from securing their spot in the postseason for the second consecutive year. Toronto's magic number to clinch an American League Wild Card spot dropped to 1 after Blue Jays edge Sox, tie O's for top WC spot . By Gregor Chisholm and Ian Browne MLB.com.

The Rays had not finished above third place in their division since 2013, when they won the wild card and later lost to the Red Sox in the AL Division Series. That was the fourth time in six years the Rays made the post-season under former manager Joe Maddon, but they have not been back since. Until now.

Tampa Bay opened the scoring in the top of the third inning when Tommy Pham hit a two-run homer to left for his 21st of the season. Willy Adames delivered an RBI single in the following frame and the Rays cruised the rest of the way en route to a fourth consecutive win. Jays right-hander T.J. Zeuch took the loss after he allowed three runs on four hits and three walks over five innings.

The Blue Jays’ offence couldn’t do much of anything off starter Tyler Glasnow or anyone in the Rays bullpen. Glasnow opened the game with 41/3 scoreless innings, and then Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash used four relievers to get through the rest of the game. Teoscar Hernandez provided one of the only bright spots with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh, his 24th of the year. Toronto finished 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base.

Gregor Chisholm: Cavan Biggio triples for the cycle in Blue Jays’ win over Orioles

Gregor Chisholm: Cavan Biggio triples for the cycle in Blue Jays’ win over Orioles Gregor Chisholm: Cavan Biggio triples for the cycle in Blue Jays’ win over Orioles

ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays haven't been scoring a lot of runs this month but the way they were pitching on Friday night at Angel Stadium, it did not seem to matter. Blue Jays handle Halos, keep pace in races. By Gregor Chisholm and Abbey Mastracco MLB.com.

By Gregor Chisholm and Jamie Ross MLB.com. TORONTO -- Chris Davis hit a pair of home runs as the Orioles roughed up Blue Jays right-hander Drew The Orioles kept their fading postseason hopes alive with the win to move six games back of Texas for the second AL Wild Card spot .

The Rays will now meet the Athletics in the AL wild-card game on Wednesday, but home-field advantage is still up for grabs. Tampa Bay finished last night’s game a half-game back of Oakland for the first wild-card spot with two games to play.

  • Biggio extends streak: Cavan Biggio tied a franchise rookie record by reaching base at least once for the 27th consecutive game. That matched the previous mark set by shortstop Russ Adams in 2005 and it’s the longest streak by any Blue Jay this season. Biggio, who finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a double, is batting .309 (29-for-94) with 23 runs and 23 walks during the streak.
  • Bichette clears hurdle: Bo Bichette went through some light running drills and infield work prior to Friday night’s game. Bichette was placed under MLB’s concussion protocol after he was struck by a pitch during a game against the Orioles on Sept. 19. The 21-year-old initially was expected to miss the rest of the regular season, but there’s now an outside chance he will play Saturday or Sunday against the Rays. He will have to pass a series of baseline tests before he is cleared to resume full baseball activities.
  • Up next: Right-hander Trent Thornton (5-9, 5.00) will take the mound when the Jays continue their three-game series against the Rays on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 3:07 p.m. Tampa Bay had yet to announce its starter by the completion of Friday night’s game.

Gregor Chisholm is a Toronto-based baseball columnist for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @GregorChisholm or reach him via email: [email protected]

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